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Why media companies should support a decentralised Web, Ben Werdmuller, International News Media Association, Jun 29, 2017

Ben Werdmuller expresses a key element of what (we hope) will be the future web. "Media is core to democracy, which means a more decentralised Web — one where publishing, sharing, and being found are all free and open — is in all of our interests. By making social functionality part of an independent Web, we remove the single points of failure — and points of control — that make the Internet so brittle for media businesses." The IndieWeb is not ... [Direct Link]

'I Love My Label': Resisting the Pre-Packaged Sound in Ed-Tech, Audrey Watters, Hack Education, Mar 23, 2016

Audrey Watters on #indieweb in education: "“Indie ed-tech” offers a model whereby students, faculty, staff, and independent scholars alike can use the “real-world” tools of the Web – not simply those built for and sanctioned by and then siloed off by schools or departments." [Direct Link]

: The Downes Prize 2014, Dec 30, 2014
[article] Every year at this time I award the Downes Prize to the most-read post of those I've posted some time in the previous 365 days. This year that means any one of 1123 total posts from hundreds of authors around the world. The award is intended to be an objective measure, not based on popularity contests, campaigns, or any other such thing, but reflective of actual interest in the item on the part of OLDaily readers.. Without further ado,   This year's Downes Prize is ...
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Why can't you comment on this post? #indieweb, Ben Werdmuller, Sept 07, 2014

OK, so I've played around with this a bit and think I've figured it out. It's what I think my Referrer System, which I built in 2002, would have become had it grown up (it peaked at 800K hits per day, and I didn't have the resources to sustain that). The idea here is that, if you read something and you want to comment, you comment on your own page, not the page you're reading. Then what happens is that your system sends the other system a notification saying you've ... [Direct Link]

POSSE, Unattributed, ajaxian, Sept 07, 2014

During my recent talk I discussed the POSSE model, which describes owned, bought and earned media(POSSE = produced, owned, seeded, social, earned). I now realize that what Diego Leal was looking for was this: "POSSE is an acronym/abbreviation for Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere. It's a Syndication Model where the flow involves posting your content on your own domain first, then syndicating out copies to 3rd party services with perma(short)links back to the original ... [Direct Link]

Known and education: a love story, Ben Werdmuller, Aug 25, 2014

Interesting. Compelling. Important. Known and Reclaim your Domain get together. Here's Ben Werdmuller: "I think Known is very clearly both a PLE and an eportfolio: Known profiles allow you to post to a space that represents you, using a variety of media, from any device Known's syndication feature lets you post to your own profile, while syndicating to external sites and applications - like your campus's Learning Management System. Educators agree. The Reclaim Your Domain ... [Direct Link]

Drawing a line from @elgg to @withknown: an adventure in #edtech and #indieweb, Ben Werdmuller, Aug 06, 2014

I personally think that the line from Elgg to Known runs through Explode!, but that's not the way Ben Werdmuller tells it. "From the beginning, it was important to us that users got to control their own space," he writes. "They could choose their own theme, and hack it, if they wanted to. Most importantly, they could choose exactly who could see each and every post: long before Mark Zuckerberg declared that the age of privacy was dead, our research indicated that students felt more ... [Direct Link]

Demoting Social Silos to Syndication Endpoints, David Wiley, BC Campus, Jul 03, 2014

David Wiley discovers Known and the result is magical. "Known is a publication platform that uses the “POSSE” publication model, where POSSE stands for “Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere”. .. The POSSE model is just beautiful. It represents everything empowering about the Reclaim and Retain work. In fact, the more I wrapped my head around it, the more excited I got." See more about Known. This is the model - promoted here through everything from ... [Direct Link]

Communal Constructivism and Dual Layer MOOCs, Matt Crosslin, ProPublica, Jun 10, 2014

There's a lot of interesting work being done on open online learning these days (I can barely comprehend it all). This is an example: a project designed to combine the best of an xMOOC and a cMOOC. It sounds simple in practice, but the execution is something different - how do you combine groups and networks (collectives and connectives) in a single environment, especially when the one pushes you toward conformity and the other toward diversity? Here's one possibility: "Communal ... [Direct Link]

How we're on the verge of an amazing new open web #indieweb, Ben Werdmuller, Jun 03, 2014

Ben Werdmuller may have a startup invested in the concept, but his view of an indieweb is sound and something I support (see also, "domain of one's own"). "The idea is simple: instead of everyone giving all their information to a site like Facebook, they keep it themselves, but still get to communicate easily using all of the great user experience discoveries we've made. You can still share selfies, make friends, listen to music together and share links, but now you do it in a ... [Direct Link]

The blog might be dying, but the web's about to fight back #indieweb, Ben Werdmuller, Dec 24, 2013

I guess I missed the news that the blog is dying. Readership on reached a million page views per month in December, and meanwhile total readers at Half an Hour passed a million in 2013 (at which point I was slammed with spam) and is now close to 1.5 million. Still, as Jason Kottke writes, "the function of the blog, the nebulous informational task we all agreed the blog was fulfilling for the past decade, is increasingly being handled by a growing number of disparate media forms that ... [Direct Link]

Reclaim Open Learning, Jim Groom, Apr 12, 2013

If I had a simple way of reclaiming open learning I would do it. Though I'm not sure I'd be seeking out the MIT Media Lab as the place to do it (strictly my own bias, but I don't really associate MIT with 'non-commercial'). But anyhow, Jim Groom (who I still have faith in after all these years) descended into Babylon to chat with Audrey Watters and Philipp Schmidt on Jöran und Konsorten on Vimeo. "The theme that emerged," writes Groom, "is reclaim, as in reclaim the ... [Direct Link]

We’re Building A Reader, Andrew McLaughlin, Great Lakes Center for Educationm Policy, Mar 19, 2013

Announcement from Digg's Andrew McLaughlin to the effect that Digg is building an RSS reader. "We hope to identify and rebuild the best of Google Reader’s features (including its API), but also advance them to fit the Internet of 2013, where networks and communities like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit and Hacker News offer powerful but often overwhelming signals as to what’s interesting." Sounds good. They're building on their platform, so they have a base to ... [Direct Link]

Open Source Project Mimics Yahoo Pipes on Your Own Machine, Klint Finley,, Mar 18, 2013

One of the problems with Yahoo Pipes or IFTTT is that they can turn it off whenever they feel like it - this is what happened to people using IFTTT with twitter recently. To replace these online services, Wired writes of Huginn, "a system for building agents that perform automated tasks for you online. They can read the web, watch for events, and take actions on your behalf. Huginn's Agents create and consume events, propagating events along a directed event flow graph." This is a bit of ... [Direct Link]

Chopped up or Cloned: You Choose, Barnaby Walters, Mar 18, 2013

The argument in a nutshell for a distributed independent web (or 'indieweb'). "The only things all these services [Facebook,  Twitter and the like] really provide is basic web hosting with some sort of social layer. Making a good social layer is difficult, but web hosting has become extremely easy and cheap." See also Lessons Diaspora Taught Me from the same author (longtime readers will know I contributed to Diaspora when it was getting started). #indieweb [Direct Link]

Centralized Collection and Control of Personal Data, Arvind Narayanan, Mar 18, 2013

Presentation and paper from Air Mozilla on the subject of distributed authentication. "While the Internet was conceived as a decentralized network, the most widely used web applications today tend toward centralization. Control increasingly rests with centralized service providers..." The paper argues that decentralized authentication faces difficult hurdles and "presents recommendations for designers for working toward more achievable goals, with particular emphasis on the role of browser ... [Direct Link]

IndieAuth: Sign in with your domain name, FiveThirtyEight, Mar 18, 2013

Here we go: "This is an IndieAuth login prompt. To use it, you'll need to: Add a link on your home page to your various social profiles (Twitter, Github, etc) with the attribute rel="me" Ensure your profiles link back to your home page. Read the full setup instructions." From thwe web page: "IndieAuth is part of the Indie Web movement to take back control of your online identity. Instead of logging in to websites as 'you on Twitter' or 'you on Facebook', you ... [Direct Link]

Web Action Hero Toolbelt, Barnaby Walters, Susan Dell Foundation Blog, Mar 18, 2013

As the website says, this is "a cross-browser extension which does three things: Replaces social sharing buttons with elements Activates elements Allows you to take actions on selections you’ve made (demo video) Watch a demo video or read the transcript." #indieweb [Direct Link]

#indieweb, Tantek Çelik, Mar 18, 2013

This is where it changes. Here's Tantek Çelik on an open, social web: "The answer is not to not 'only [be] relevant to geeks', but rather, reframe it as a positive, and be relevant to yourself. That is, design, architect, create, and build for yourself first, others second. If you’re not willing to run your design/code on your own site, for your primary identity on the web, day-in and day-out, why should anyone else? If you started something that way but no longer ... [Direct Link]

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